RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The Brazilian government has declared a state of emergency in nearly 50 cities in the states of Bahia and Minas Gerais due to heavy rains that have caused flooding and killed at least three people.
The decision, published in the official gazette on Friday evening, concerns 17 cities in Bahia, in northeastern Brazil, and 31 others in Minas Gerais, in the southeast.
The heavy storms of recent days were caused by the passage of a subtropical cyclone originating in the Atlantic Ocean. Dozens of towns have been cut off by water, and houses and bridges have collapsed.
In Itamaraju, a town of 60,000 inhabitants in Bahia, a 26-year-old man and his two nephews died Wednesday after a house collapsed. The streets of some towns were completely covered with water and mud that reached the roofs of houses, local television showed.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday announced that the government will provide financial assistance to those who have lost their homes. Authorities have yet to release the total number of people affected.
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